The Brahma House Program
There’s No One Else to Turn To…
Brahma House offers
abused, neglected and homeless youth a safe haven. At our short-term,
residential crisis intervention program, we provide 13- to 18-year-olds
with food, clothing, counseling, health care, education and independent-living
More than 100 youth find a temporary home here each year. They are victims
of physical abuse, sexual abuse, a parent’s addiction, abandonment
or other family crises.
Our goal is to help these teens deal with difficult family situations
and reunite them with their families. When that isn’t possible,
we help them find alternate stable homes where they can thrive.
Brahma House is
a licensed 12-bed group home and a licensed 4-bed shelter. That means
we can respond to a variety of situations and accept referrals 24 hours
a day from the state child welfare agency and family courts, as well
as walk-ins. By providing displaced youth in New Jersey with structured
residential treatment and evaluation services, we work to build their
self-esteem, improve their education and help them develop the skills
they need to succeed.
The Brahma House
program offers individual, group, and family counseling. Each resident
is assigned a case manager and treatment coordinator who jointly develop
a treatment plan. The case manager coordinates the assessment and schedules
all necessary appointments, while the child care staff provide transportation
to community-based services.
Although our residents
can’t be with family and friends, we try to create a warm, caring
environment with a balance of educational, athletic, and leisure-time
activities that take place in-house, in the community, and throughout
New Jersey and neighboring states.
either their current school or the Brahma House Transitional Learning
Center (TLC). This in-house basic-skills education program is managed
by a full-time education coordinator who is a certified teacher. TLC
students receive individualized instruction and daily evaluations of
their progress. Their work is graded, and they receive full credit from
their sending school district.
We work hard to
meet the emotional and physical needs of our residents. In June 2007,
we completed a three-month renovation to promote comfort, safety and
efficiency. The photos below show the results.
Help us provide
youth safety from the streets and abusive home environments.
Welcome to Brahma
House - Somerset Home's First Program
The dining room bulletin board (above)
welcomes new residents.
Found in a resident's drawer: "The
one place I will always call home" - Somerset Home
AND RECREATION AREAS:
Room, Classroom, Computer Lab:
court, basketball court and program vans on the north side of the Brahma
path leads to the picnic grove:
style kitchen makes meal preparation a smooth operation:
room is located next to the kitchen and used day and night for a multitude
room has two pair of laundry machines and lots of linen storage:
management offices on the second floor have six private offices and
a waiting area (below) for the comfort of residents and families:
Couselor office (below) provides office space for residential and street
by the Council on Accreditation
licensed by the New Jersey Department of Children and Families
Street Outreach Program
The Brahma House street outreach program, STREET
S.M.A.R.T. (Somerset Mobile Adolescent Resource Team), is funded by
a federal grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
The street outreach program is targeted to adolescents and young adults
between the ages of 13-21 who are living on the street or in other unsafe
environments and are at-risk of sexual abuse and or exploitation.
The objectives of the STREET S.M.A.R.T. program
are as follows:
- Provide youth with food, clothing, and blankets
while on the streets and provide easy access to a basic center program
(Brahma House). To get them off the street and into a safe environment
reducing the incidence of sexual abuse;
- Provide transportation to needed services;
- Provide crisis counseling to homeless youth
on the street in order to provide support and gain rapport;
- Distribute education and prevention materials
about HIV/AIDS, substance abuse, rape;
- Provide advocacy and referral to community
based social services (including the agency's basic center and transitional
- Provide educational and job readiness assessment;
- Provide access to health related services including
mental health services.
The two outreach workers locate youth on the streets
with the goal of having them agree to a stay at Brahma House. There
the youth receive additional services of shelter, shower, food, clothing,
counseling, and a treatment plan will be developed. The team concentrates
on the areas of Somerville, North Plainfield, Franklin, and Bound Brook.
Popular teen hangouts, such as fast food restaurants, malls, convenient
stores, and parks are be targeted. Outreach workers have a presence
on the street or in community based locations at the same time each
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